GHAZIABAD (Metro Rail News): Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) had formed a committee that has approved the ropeway project route which is going to link Mohan Nagar and Vaishali Metro stations. According to the officials, another ropeway has been proposed which will link Sahibabad to Sector 62 in Noida, instead of the Vaishali to Sector 62 route which was proposed earlier.
The project in Ghaziabad has been planned as an alternate to the Metro rail network due to the cost factor. In January 2020, DMRC had submitted a DPR to the GDA, which estimated that around Rs 1,517 crore would be needed to link Sector 62 and Mohan Nagar Metro stations and Rs 1,808.22 crore for connecting Vaishali and Mohan Nagar Metro stations.
Previously in a board meeting which was held on April 30, a decision was taken up to form a committee in order to find out the feasibility for the Mohan Nagar to Vaishali ropeway route.
“The committee held a meeting on Thursday and gave the go-ahead for the ropeway link. The ropeway link for Mohan Nagar and Vaishali will be taken up first and its detailed project report has already been prepared. Apart from this, there is also a proposal to link Sahibabad (one of the stations on the Mohan Nagar to Vaishali ropeway link) to Sector 62 through a ropeway. Previously, there was a proposal to link Vaishali to Sector 62 but it will not happen now as there are many high-rises and residential areas on the proposed route,” said Rakesh Kumar Gupta, GDA chief engineer.
“The first ropeway link will be from Mohan Nagar to Vaishali and thereafter the Sahibabad link may be taken up either simultaneously or as second priority. Thereafter, the third priority will be to link river Hindon Metro station to Raj Nagar Extension and finally the New Bus Adda Metro station to Ghaziabad railway station will be taken up,” he added.
Officials familiar with the development have given different reasons such as shortage of funds with the authority and lack of funding from the Uttar Pradesh government, besides high per kilometre cost of Metro, as reasons for opting for the ropeway project. The cost of the Mohan Nagar to Vaishali ropeway link is estimated at ₹450 crore, officials said.